Jos Buttler Exclusive



20th May 2016

As we prepared for the biggest game of the tournament so far, the IPL threw up another brilliant experience on Thursday.   We trained at the university at Lucknow. There were thousands of fans there to watch the bus arrive and a side of the stadium was full of people watching us.  They heard a rumour that we were training there and all turned up to watch. It was amazing to see. I don’t think they get a lot of cricket in this area so they were obviously very excited about the Mumbai Indians being in town.  It’s definitely the most people I’ve ever trained in front of! 

We just turned up for some routine training but they came to get a glimpse of some of their heroes. Ricky Ponting still has such a huge following in India as well so there was a lot of excitement about him being there. 

We’ve got a good chance of reaching the play-offs.  We’ll probably have to win against Gujurat to go through but right now there are six teams to go into four places so it’s really tight and close but we’re feeling good.  It’s a huge game and occasion. There is lots of pressure for most of the games but to try and get through to the play-offs means there's definitely that added pressure. 

We’re in a place called Kanpur and from watching their game on TV it looked like quite a green wicket. We came up against them earlier in the tournament and they won off the last ball. Like every team here they have a lot of star players and we’ll have to produce one of our best performances to win.  Suresh Raina is their captain and is the leading scorer in the history of the IPL.  There are also a couple of explosive guys with the bat like Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch and Dwayne Smith. They’re a dangerous side but there are no easy games in the IPL.

From my point of view, my form has been good and I’m feeling in good touch. I haven’t had the one or two big scores I know I’m capable of but I’ve had a couple of good cameos and it was good to be in the middle with Kieron Pollard when we won the game in Bangalore.  After a fantastic innings by Krunal Pandya against Delhi we had a fantastic win which also helped our net run rate which may turn out to be important in getting through to the play-offs.

I have a horrible cold at the moment - probably from the air con in the 40 degree heat. I did catch a few episodes of a new TV series called Billions but apart from the cricket I haven’t been up to too much else this week.

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20th May 2016, Jos Buttler